PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – On Tuesday, July 11th Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco announced construction would be starting on the first phase of the Invasive Species Eradication Project at Canaan Lake, North Patchogue within the next few weeks. The Suffolk County Department of Public Works awarded a contract to D.F. Stone Contracting to install a box culvert at the lake. The culvert will be installed low enough to drain the lake and allow the removal of invasive species from the lakebed. In addition, a sluice gate will be put in place on the lakeside to control the water level of the lake.
During the construction period, which is expected to end by September 5th, Traction Boulevard will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrian traffic. The roadway will remain open for emergency vehicles. Contingency plans have been discussed with the Patchogue-Medford School District regarding school bus routes, should the project extend beyond September 5th. The Suffolk County Department of Public Works has asked residents to please keep the area adjacent to the construction site clear of parked vehicles between 7:00 am and 3:30 pm.
The start of construction is the culmination of a ten year, $1 Million effort to clean up Canaan Lake. The 21 acre lake has been severely impacted by invasive aquatic species that is hampering the natural habitat and recreational use of the lake. The installation of the culvert and the sluice gate will allow the lake to be drawn down and the invasive species to be exposed and killed. It will also allow for the offsite disposal of the organic sediment build up that is supports the invasive species. The project allows for multiple lake drawdowns to fully eradicate the invasive species.
For information or questions concerning the upcoming work, please contact the Suffolk County Department of Public Works at (631) 852-4003.